When the Apostle Paul shared “you have received a spirit of adoption” (Romans 8:14–16), he had nothing in mind like we use the term today. He was using language that applies to everyone.
John MacArthur did a great study on this word, and made a number of points of which I will share.
First, adoption in Paul’s day was not about orphans. It was in fact somewhat common for parents to abandon children on the streets of Rome. Also, adoption in the 1st century was not about age, both children and adults were adopted.
Adoption was something done intentionally when…
Jonathan Edwards died in 1758. He is widely considered one of the greatest theologians of all time. He was powerfully used by God during the Great Awakening, and was the president of Princeton.
It has been well said that one of the best answers to the question, “Are you a Christian?” is to reply, “Ask those who know me.” It is easy to fool those around us, but not those in our closest relationships. They are best equipped to answer such a question about our lives.
So what did the widow of this giant of the faith share about her…
Here are some powerful quotes to help you move in the direction of your personal, spiritual, physical, business, and relationship goals. Quotes often contain some of the best nuggets of wisdom boiled down to a few words. Each of these are ones I have collected and shared in recent speeches.
“One of humanity’s most common character traits is ingratitude, people either not acknowledging the good another does for them, or quickly forgetting that good. On the other hand, I am convinced courage is the rarest of all good traits.” ~Dennis Prager
“It is not who you are that holds you…
In one study Southwest Airlines found that 95% of customer complaints were about 5% of their employees. The main reason for the complaints were the staff members either ignoring or becoming frustrated with customer needs. In short, the staff members thought of themselves first.
Southwest Airlines conceived a rather genius way to eliminate these types of employees. They began to hold group interviews in which prospective employees gave a speech about why they should be hired.
However, the interviewers didn’t watch the speaker, they watched the audience. If the other members leaned towards the speaker and showed support, they got…
In 1928 eight men met in a Chicago hotel. Together they had more money than the government of the United States. As Bob Proctor shares in You Were Born Rich, these men included a steel tycoon, a president of a gas company, the president of the New York Stock Exchange, a banker, a politician and a stock broker.
These men clearly understood how to earn money. But something changed for them and their end was far from their beginning. Twenty-five years late they were hardly recognizable.
Charles Schwab, who owned the largest steel company, was bankrupt for years before he…
Bernie Siegel shares a parable about a boy in a small village who takes the king’s place as a human sacrifice. The people believed a yearly sacrifice would protect them from evil.
There is an extensive ceremony that follows the selection of the young man. Finally, at the conclusion of the ceremony when the executioner raises his knife to kill the boy, the child laughs. When he laughs the people are stunned and gasp and then all bow down.
As Siegel shares, if you understand why he laughed you understand a major part of the meaning of life.
Consider the following quote:
“You have no idea what it is like when not a soul on earth encourages you…I would give anything if I had someone, even though they did not mean it or believe it, to tell me that they KNEW I COULD SUCCEED” (emphasis in the original).
The man who wrote this struggled for many years to believe in himself. He had a simple idea; he wanted to communicate the straight forward and powerful secrets of success.
Eventually he would be commissioned by the world’s richest man to interview hundreds of prosperous businessmen to understand how they…
I took a marriage counseling course with instructor Greg Smalley who told us he called his fiancée a “ten cow woman” when they were dating. He then went on to explain that several years ago in a small village in Hawaii it was the custom for the men to propose to a woman by offering his future father-in-law a cow.
For an “average” girl they would offer one cow, and for a particularly striking woman they would offer three cows. In fact, no one had ever offered more than three cows. Then a rumor began to spread that a young…
Vincent Van Gogh said, “I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream.” His outcome was first in his vision before it was on the canvas.
Abraham Lincoln once shared, “To believe in the things you can see and touch is no belief at all; but to believe in the unseen is a triumph and a blessing.”
What is powerful is to make the invisible visible, to see in your mind your outcome and then make it your reality. Every dream, goal, song, book, movie, invention or anything else first began as a thought that someone had.
Anthony Robbins shares an invaluable metaphor for blind spots we all have.
For instance, have you ever had someone tell you to grab the salt from the kitchen? You tell them you don’t know where it is and they say it is in the cupboard on the shelf. You repeat that you do not know where it is and again they tell you where to find it.
Somewhat frustrated you go into the kitchen and mumble, ‘I don’t know where the salt is, why can’t they come get it. How am I supposed to know where it is?’ You open…
TOBIN CRENSHAW is a strategic interventionist and graduate of Robbins-Madanes Training. A former Marine, he completed graduate studies in theology.